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Lightning ignites abandoned house in Boykins

BOYKINS

The fire that ruined an abandoned house in Boykins early Monday was caused by a lightning strike, said Boykins Volunteer Fire Department Chief Hank Fuller.

Fuller said his crew was dispatched at about 12:24 a.m. and went to the building in the 18000 block of North Railroad Avenue. They were soon joined by the VFDs of Branchville and Newsoms. According to the Boykins VFD Facebook page, Medic 17 and 48 from the Courtland Volunteer Rescue Squad also came to the scene, but there were no injuries.

Fuller said there was an occupied house six feet away from the fire, but that there was “virtually no damage” to that building.

He said the Boykins team finished and cleared out at about 3:30 a.m.